2015 DRAFT GUIDE
5 things we know about Redskins, Buccaneers

By FRED GOODALL - AP Sports Writer
    2013-08-30 03:18

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Mike Shanahan doesn't want to rush a decision on whether Robert Griffin III is ready to play.

The Washington coach hedged on the subject Thursday night, even after his quarterback spread the word via social media that his surgeon has given the go-ahead for RG3 to be under center when the Redskins open the regular season.

``Operation Patience complete: cleared,'' Griffin tweeted moments after a 30-12 preseason-closing victory over the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Not so fast, Shanahan said after speaking with Dr. James Andrews, who was in Tampa to examine the 2012 Offensive Rookie of the Year's surgically-repaired right knee.

``I did talk to Dr. Andrews and after talking to him, he's going to approve Robert to play,'' Shanahan told reporters. ``There's a couple concerns that he has. I'll talk to Robert over the weekend and let you guys know on Monday.''

The Redskins did not make Griffin available to answers questions. His teammates, however, expect him to start against Philadelphia.

``It speaks volumes about the person he is, just his sheer will and determination to get back,'' running back Alfred Morris said. ``I'm not surprised and I'm looking forward to him coming out and having a good game.''

Fourth-stringer Pat White threw for 181 yards, set up a touchdown with a long completion to Dezmon Briscoe, and also ran for a TD to help the Redskins finish the preseason 4-0 for the first time in 28 years.

Shanahan rested most of his starters, including Griffin, who worked out at Raymond James Stadium for about 30 minutes before meeting with Andrews.

---

Here are five things we know about the Redskins from the preseason:

1. WHO'S GOT THE LAST WORD: There was talk that Andrews would make the decision on when RG3 would be ready to play. The surgeon spoke Thursday, but there will be more discussions before Shanahan makes an announcement. And how much will the quarterback's opinion count?

2. OFF AND RUNNING: Washington led the NFL in rushing last season. If the preseason is any indication, they're ready to roll again. The Redskins rushed for 208 yards against Buffalo in the third exhibition, and moved the ball well on the ground against Tampa Bay, finishing with 130 yards on 34 attempts.

3. HEALTHY MERIWEATHER: Safety Brandon Meriweather started and played a half against the Buccaneers, his first game action since tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee last November against the Eagles. He didn't make any tackles, but just being out there gives the Redskins a reason to believe the secondary will be better.

4. WHITE'S COMEBACK: White is a former second round draft pick of the Dolphins who's trying to jumpstart his career. He doesn't think he hurt his chances of making the team Thursday night, however he's still probably a longshot with Cousins the clear-cut No. 2 quarterback and the experienced Grossman at No. 3.

5. PERFECT RECORD: The last time the Redskins went undefeated in the preseason was 1985. Of course, that doesn't mean anything once the regular season begins.

---

And five things we know about the Buccaneers:

1. SHAKY FREEMAN: Josh Freeman, who's entering the final year of his contract, did not look good in three exhibitions. He threw for over 4,000 yards last season, but his inconsistency also contributed to the Bucs failing to get to the playoffs for the fifth straight year. He and the Bucs say he should be better in his second season in offensive coordinator Mike Sullivan's system, however nothing he did in the preseason would lead anyone to believe that's the case.

2. REVIS ISLAND: Cornerback Darrelle Revis did not play during the preseason while recovering from knee surgery that sidelined him most of last year with the New York Jets. He's on track to start the regular season opener against his old team and is eager to show he's worth the six-year, $96 million contract he signed in the spring.

3. WHERE'S THE OFFENSE? The Bucs set team records in numerous categories, including points scored, last season. But the offense sputtered throughout the preseason. Freeman was sacked nine times and completed just 46.2 percent of his passes, receivers struggled to hang on to the football, and running back Doug Martin carried three times for four yards after rushing for 1,454 yards as a rookie in 2012.

4. BRIGHT SPOT: One of the highlights of training camp has been the development of defensive tackle Akeem Spence, a fourth-round draft pick whose steady play may have earned him a starting job.

5. PRESSURE PLEASE: Coach Greg Schiano brought in Revis and safety Dashon Goldson to strengthen a weak secondary. But unless the team's pass rush gets better, too, the Bucs still could be in for some long days in the quarterback-driven NFC South.

---

AP NFL website: www.pro32.ap.org

Fantasy Football Player Notes RSS FeedPLAYER NOTES

Kirk CousinsAug 31 09:32a

Washington Redskins QB Kirk Cousins was named the starting quarterback Monday, Aug. 31, over QB Robert Griffin III, according to a source.

Ryan BroylesAug 31 09:12a

Detroit Lions WR Ryan Broyles was cut Monday, Aug. 31.

Gerell RobinsonAug 31 08:52a

Miami Dolphins WR LaRon Byrd, WR Kevin Cone, WR Tyler McDonald and TE Gerell Robinson were waived Sunday, Aug. 30.

Kevin ConeAug 31 08:52a

Miami Dolphins WR LaRon Byrd, WR Kevin Cone, WR Tyler McDonald and TE Gerell Robinson were waived Sunday, Aug. 30.

LaRon ByrdAug 31 08:52a

Miami Dolphins WR LaRon Byrd, WR Kevin Cone, WR Tyler McDonald and TE Gerell Robinson were waived Sunday, Aug. 30.

David PaulsonAug 31 08:42a

San Diego Chargers TE David Paulson, QB Chase Rettig, TE Logan Stokes, WR Titus Davis and RB Jahwan Edwards were waived Sunday, Aug. 30.

Daniel ThomasAug 31 08:32a

Chicago Bears RB Daniel Thomas, TE Kevin Greene, WR Jeremy Kelley, WR Levi Norwood and TE Chris Pantale were cut Sunday, Aug. 30. WR John Chiles (undisclosed) was waived/injured.

Menelik WatsonAug 31 08:22a

Oakland Raiders OT Menelik Watson (Achilles') said on Twitter that he is out for the season with a ruptured Achilles.

Vaughn MartinAug 31 05:22a

Kansas City Chiefs CB Aaron Hester was among 11 players cut by the team on the weekend of Aug. 30-31. Other players included WR Kenny Cook, T Anthony Dima, [ More ]

Amari CooperAug 31 12:02a

Oakland Raiders WR Amari Cooper had four catches for 62 yards in a preseason game against the Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Aug. 30.

Brandon BostickAug 30 11:42p

The Minnesota Vikings cut TE Brandon Bostick Sunday, Aug. 30.

Joe BanyardAug 30 11:42p

The Minnesota Vikings cut RB Joe Banyard Sunday, Aug. 30.

Tim JenningsAug 30 07:22p

The Chicago Bears have released CB Tim Jennings Sunday, Aug. 30, according to a source informed of the team's plans.

Randall CobbAug 30 04:42p

Updating a previous report, Green Bay Packers WR Randall Cobb (shoulder) has been diagnosed with an AC joint sprain, after undergoing further tests Sunday, Aug. 30, according to a [ More ]

Tandon DossAug 30 02:32p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Tandon Doss, TE Connor Hamlett and QB Jeff Tuel were waived Sunday, Aug. 30. The team also waived/injured WR Greg Jenkins (undisclosed).

Jeff TuelAug 30 02:32p

Jacksonville Jaguars WR Tandon Doss, TE Connor Hamlett and QB Jeff Tuel were waived Sunday, Aug. 30. The team also waived/injured WR Greg Jenkins (undisclosed).

Saalim HakimAug 30 01:52p

New York Jets WR Saalim Hakim, WR Austin Hill, WR Jonathon Rumph and TE Matt LaCosse were released Sunday, Aug. 30.

Sam BradfordAug 30 10:12a

Philadelphia Eagles QB Sam Bradford completed all 10 of his passes for 121 yards and three touchdowns during the preseason game against the Green Bay Packers Saturday, Aug. 29. [ More ]

Joique BellAug 30 10:02a

Detroit Lions RB Joique Bell (knee, Achilles') has ramped up his return-to-play workouts in recent weeks and said he is 'getting close.' Head coach Jim Caldwell said Bell looks [ More ]

Denard RobinsonAug 29 02:12p

Jacksonville Jaguars RB Denard Robinson might be the Jaguars' starting running back to start the season, according to Mike DiRocco of ESPN.com.

Stevie BrownAug 29 01:22p

Houston Texans SS Stevie Brown was released Saturday, Aug. 29.

Andre BranchAug 29 12:22p

Jacksonville Jaguars DE Andre Branch (knee) has been diagnosed with a sprained medial collateral ligament and will miss significant time.

James DevelinAug 29 10:12a

Updating a previous report, New England Patriots FB James Develin (leg) suffered a broken tibia during the third preseason game Friday, Aug. 28, according to a source. It is [ More ]

Matthew StaffordAug 29 09:52a

Detroit Lions QB Matthew Stafford completed 11-for-15 passes for 173 yards and two touchdowns during the preseason game against the Jacksonville Jaguars Friday, Aug. 28.

Blake BortlesAug 29 12:12a

Jacksonville Jaguars QB Blake Bortles completed 20 of 29 passes for 245 yards and a touchdown and ran for 35 yards in a 22-17 loss to the Detroit Lions [ More ]

Alex SmithAug 29 12:02a

Kansas City Chiefs QB Alex Smith went 16 of 18 passing for 171 yards and two touchdowns in a 34-10 win over the Tennessee Titans in the preseason Friday, Aug. 28.

Darren McFaddenAug 28 10:12p

Dallas Cowboys RB Joseph Randle will share reps with RB Darren McFadden and RB Lance Dunbar because the Cowboys 'intend to take a committee approach,' according to Drew Davison of the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

Bishop SankeyAug 28 01:22p

Updating previous reports, Tennessee Titans RB Bishop Sankey has impressed his coaches with improvement this preseason. 'I think Bishop made significant improvement last week in practices as far as [ More ]

Jake BequetteAug 28 08:52a

New England Patriots TE/DE Jake Bequette (undisclosed) was waived/injured Thursday, Aug. 27.

Miles AustinAug 28 08:32a

Philadelphia Eagles WR Miles Austin hasn't stood out, or received many chances to stand out, thus in training camp. His role is undetermined as he could start on the [ More ]

Nelson AgholorAug 27 10:22p

Philadelphia Eagles WR Nelson Agholor should be the 'second-most productive receiver on the team when the season ends,' according to Jeff McLane of the Philadelphia Inquirer.

Ryan MallettAug 27 07:52p

Updating a previous report, Houston Texans QB Ryan Mallett missed practice Thursday, Aug. 27, because he overslept. Mallett was present for meetings later on, however. He will also be at practice Friday, Aug. 28.

RSS Feeds

NFL News:
 
Player Notes:
 
Forum Posts:
 

© 2015 RealTime Fantasy Sports, Inc.
Email Us  ·  Call Us 636.447.1170  ·  Lost Password
Advertising represented by USA Today Sports Media Group